Healthy Communities - County of Marin Annual Reports
It’s a cold-hard fact: There are nearly five times as many mentally ill people in jails and prisons than there are in mental hospitals. More offenders sentenced to local jails instead of state prisons has placed harsh responsibilities on county governments. Yet Marin County is committed to improving inmate mental health services.
In 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a crisis specialist to work evening hours and a full-time crisis unit supervisor in the jail. This will lead to programmatic changes, better documentation of inmate cases, and stronger teamwork between custody staff and medical staff.
Those inmates who may be treatment-resistant or mentally ill (whom are charged with misdemeanor offenses and have been found to be incompetent to stand trial) will have access to a restorative program to help them gain competence to stand trial.